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What Certifications does EPA accept?

If a firm holds a certification from one or more of the entities listed above, it is considered acceptable for establishing MBE or WBE status under EPA's DBE Program and no other action needs to be taken.

What are the Certification Requirements?

  1. An entity must first attempt to be certified by SBA or DOT, or a Tribal, State, or local government, or by an independent private organization, and be unsuccessful in that attempt (proof required).
  2. An entity must establish that it is at least 51% owned and/or controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and are citizens of the United States.
  3. An individual claiming economic disadvantaged status must have an initial and continued personal net worth of less than $750,000.

EPA DBE Certification Applications

Please choose the form that best describes your business type.

Certification Process

  1. Send completed application to:
    Teree Henderson
    U.S. EPA Office of Small Business Programs
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW MC-1230T
    Washington, DC 20460
  2. OSBP will advise each applicant within fifteen (15) days after receipt of an application, whenever practicable, whether the application is complete and suitable for evaluation and, if not, what additional information or action is required.
  3. OSBP will make its certification decision within 30 days of receipt of a complete and suitable application, whenever practicable.

  4. An entity that has been denied MBE or WBE certification may reapply for certification at any time 12 months or more after the date of the most recent determination by OSBP to decline the application.


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